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September 2002
The AT lost a friend September 21, 2002, when PATH member Bill Medlin died while hiking out from a work site.

PATH member Bill Medlin hiking in the Olympic Mountains in the summer of 2002. (Photo by Kevin Mar.)

Maintainer Bill Medlin Dies While Hiking

Willie "Bill" Medlin died Saturday, September 21st, 2002, while hiking on the Appalachian Trail in Virginia. Bill suffered a heart attack at the top of Brushy Mountain near Knot Maul shelter after having spent the day doing drainage work near Lynn Camp Creek with other PATH members.

Bill was 54 years old and grew up in Sanford, NC where he attended Sanford Central High School. Bill served his country in the US Army in Vietnam and was decorated with the Vietnam Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, and the Vietnam Campaign Medal. Bill worked for the State of North Carolina and Wake County for the past 10 years. He lived life to the fullest and had a special love for the outdoors, spending most of his free time working and preserving the Appalachian Trail and hiking with fellow PATH members.

He is survived by his daughter, Jennifer Medlin of Graham, NC, longtime companion Mickey Brooks, and other family and friends.

A memorial service for Bill was held September 26th at The Fred G. Bond Park in Cary, N.C., and family and PATH Friends also plan to gather on the trail in the Mt. Rogers area to remember Bill on the last weekend in October 2002. Contact Bill Boudman for further information about that event.

Memorial contributions may be made to P.A.T.H. -- Piedmont Appalachian Trail Hikers -- PO Box 4423, Greensboro, N.C. 27404. Contributions to the memorial fund also may be made online through PayPal by clicking the adjacent "Make a Donation" button.

Those of us in PATH knew Bill as a confidant, teacher, inventor, cook, hiking partner, spiritual guide, lover of the outdoors, and consummate trail caretaker. Here are some stories about Bill in the words of those who knew him.

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